Tuesday, March 21 marked the launch of Talent Ready Utah. This initiative, building on the success of Utah Cluster Acceleration Pathways grants and other programs, will bring industry and education together to the benefit of both. By providing funding for projects that guide talented individuals into the workforce while providing them the educational background needed for them to be successful, the initiative promotes strong, ongoing collaboration.
Previous initiatives utilizing this model have already proven successful. The Utah Diesel Technicians Pathway, Utah Aerospace Pathway and Medical Innovations Pathway have shown that consistent collaboration, with clear educational goals, in mind provide positive outcomes for students, who are then well-prepared to enter the workforce.
The Talent Ready Utah initiative will distribute $2.1 million in grant funding for projects like those listed above, with the aim of filling 40,000 high-skilled, high-paying jobs over the next four years.